Friday, March 14, 2008

The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Kyon is an ordinary freshman high school student who has recently given up his fantasies of espers, time travelers, and aliens as he left middle school. All that changed one day when Haruhi Suzumiya, a young and very active girl, introduces herself to the entire class saying: "I have no interest in ordinary humans. If there are any aliens, beings from the future, or people with supernatural powers, come see me. That is all!"

Kyon, who sits right in front of Haruhi, has drawn his attention to this strange introduction and gradually begins to interact with Haruhi, setting off a chain of events which drag him into surreal situations.

Kyon talking to Haruhi in class.The comment that started all.
Yuki looks great with glasses.The group is almost complete.

Although Haruhi is perfectly good in everything she propose, She joins and quits every club in the school, finding only dissatisfaction, until Kyon makes a snide remark about her actions and accidentally provides Haruhi the enough inspiration to create a club of her own, which will be called called: The brigade S.O.S., a club dedicated to finding just aliens, time travelers and spers.

To help start the club, Haruhi forcefully drafts Kyon, who only stays in the club to protect other helpless victims of Haruhi's "voluntary arrests".

Thus, the first of these new members is Yuki Nagato, a silent bibliophile who usually wants to simply be left alone to read; Mikuru Asahina, a shy and timid student, who is one year above Haruhi and Itsuki Koizumi, who is almost always smiling and more than willing to give in to Haruhi's strange demands.

Except for Kyon, the members of the club are secret agents of various organizations who are sent to observe Haruhi. This way, Yuki is in fact a "human interface" (an alien), Mikuru is actually a time traveler and Koizumi turns out to be one of many espers in an organization known as the Agency.

Haruhi unknowingly, is surrounded by precisely the sort of people who have sought to find. Kyon, who perhaps is the least crazy of all, is drawn further into a world eerily like the fantasies he had just managed to outgrow, with Haruhi at its center.

Whats the matter?Asahina-san in a cool nurse dress.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, is an excelent and superb show that i enjoyed a lot. I entire like the way how the story is told from the point of view of Kyon, with his toughts and remarks instead of Haruhi's (the central character of the plot).

I also liked the way how every character relates with Kyon and all the crazy adventures. Yuki and Mikuru are great (animation and drawns) and they make to wish to see more in the show. There's a lot of fans out there devoted to Yuki and Mikuru as well as Haruhi's.

While some fans recommend seeing a specific episode order of the show, I saw it and prefer to see it in the order it was broadcasted, because I think it lets you go slowly discovering the story without making the plot as sequentially. It is rumored a second season of the show.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Fate/Stay Night

Shirou Emiya is an amateur mechanic who attends school called Homurabara Gakuen in Fuyuki City.

Ten years ago, there was a massive fire hazard that consumed a large portion of the city. shirou was founded agonizing by a man called Kiritsugu Emiya, an enigmatic man who decides to adopt him and as time passes by, he reveals to Shirou his true identity as a Magi.

Shiro doing the dishes with SakuraShiro ten years ago.
Dont give me that look, Archer.What a beautiful girl showed up.

One night, after cleaning his school's kyūdō dojo, Shirou stumbles upon two beings: Archer and Lancer, battling in the school courtyard. To avoid compromising the war's secrecy, Lancer hunts down and pierces Shirou's heart with a spear. For an unknown reason, Shirou's classmate, Rin Tohsaka, a model student and idol of Shirō's school, uses a pendant to resuscitate him.

Shirou returns home only to be assaulted a second time by Lancer. This time Shirou tries weakly to defend himself but is soon overwhelmed by Lancer. Then Shirou prepares for the worst but suddenly a young and beautiful woman with an armor outfit shows up blocking Lancer's attack. She introduces herself as Saber, asking to Shirou if he is her Master.

Soon Shirou discovers that Fuyuki City is the setting for a secret and violent war among competing magi. For the past two centuries, seven sorcerers have gathered and engage in a Battle Royale, each gambling his or her own life to obtain the Holy Grail, a legendary chalice capable of granting wishes. The past four Holy Grail Wars have typically occurred every sixty years, with the most recent concluding a decade ago, but the fifth war has eerily started prematurely.

Each of the sorcerers, better known as Masters, is aided by one of the seven summoned spiritual familiars known as Servants, who are the reincarnations of legendary souls from all across time. This way, Servant and Master must fight together against other teams to obtain the Holy Grail.

Take this!Meditation is everything.

So Shirou began its involvement in the War of the Holy Grail with the motivation to fight only to avoid a catastrophe such as fire occurred ten years ago and under the ideal to avoid spilling blood and save the entire world, including his own servant Saber.

Due to Shirou has very few skills as Mage, he joins with Rin to find the other Masters and at the same time She helps Shirou to develop his skills as Master. Saber, who feels a little frustrated by Shirou's "protective" tendencies, accepts Shirou principles only if he invokes her and let her fight when Shirou is definitely at risk.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mai HiME

Tokiha Mai is a student girl of preparatory who along with her smaller brother Takumi, obtained a scholarship to study in the prestigious Fuuka Academy. While they enjoyed the trip in ferry towards their new school, they sighted a young girl, Mikoto Minagi, that was floating in the sea holding a great black sword.

Mai and her brother in the ferryMikoto rescue
Mai protecting MikotoWho is this girl?

During the rescue, Mai offered herself as voluntary to apply CPR and she notices a small identical mark in the body of the unconscious girl. Later and due to the rescue, Mai and its brother meet Yuuichi Tate and Shiho Munakata, also two very particular students who attend the same Academy.

In the night, Mai is attacked by Natsuki Kuga, a young girl of 17 years old who wishes to avoid a meeting of HiMEs in the Fuuka Academy. The HiME are women who have the ability to materialize objects, including arms, (HiME means - Highly advanced Materializing Equipment) and the hability to invoke a protective being called “Child” and to fight against mysterious creatures from another dimension called “Orphans”.

Ok, i blew it.I like my work as principal

Mai soon discovers that she is also a HiME and the secret that locks up the Fuuka Academy and its mysterious principal. But there is something more for the HiMEs in the Fuuka Academy. Something mysterious not only related to the Sears foundation, but also with the red star nearby in the moon and the most beloved person for each one of the HiMEs.

Mai HiME is a excelent anime serie with a good mix of romance, comedy, drama and love triangles between almost all the characters. The design of the characters is good and all acquire importance in the series.

Something amused that I like was the funny relationship between Mai and Mikoto, since Mikoto was attracted to Mai not only by her cuisine, but by her well formed chest.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Eureka Seven

On a desolate world where mysterious Transparence Light Particles, called "Trapar" for short, whip through the air and much of the land is hidden under masses of a coral-like substance known as scub, a completely ordinary teenage boy who hates school, hates his life, and has aspirations of being a professional lifter one day dreams of leaving his beloved town Belforest to travel the world and surf the skies.

Renton Thurston is this fourteen-year-old son of Adrock Thurston. Who lives with his grandfather, attends to school as a normal kid and is a profesional LFO mechanic. One day he meets by accident a very lovely young girl named Eureka after she crashes her LFO into Renton's bedroom looking for a very important component of the Compact Drive: The Amita Drive, the key to awake the powers of the original LFO: The Nirvash typeZero.

Eureka is more than an expert LFO pilot. She understands machines better than does human beings and she very rarely expresses strong emotions. She used to be part of a military special forces unit but now she is a member of the
Gekkostate, a countercultural revolutionary group leaded by the legendary lifter Holland, a 29 year old man, who likes to run around in his underwear sometimes inside the Gekko-Go.

The Gekkostate is also formed by Talho, the head pilot of Gekkostate's ship, the Gekko-Go, Stoner, a photogrpher, Matthieu, another LFO pilot, Hap, Jobs, Woz, Gidget, Moondogie, Hilda and many other interesting characters. Renton then becomes part of the GekkoState.

Eureka Seven its a very cool and original anime serie that involves mechas with air surfing. It gets some ideas from Evangelion but without cloning it or doing a copy because of a lack of ideas. It's an awesome anime. I like Renton and Eureka feelings and emotions. Renton has a lot of determination. I also like Holland's attitud. I like the whole series, it is so good.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Magical Canan

Hiiragi Chihaya is an institute student that in her free time works in the Angel Kiss restaurant, property of her mother. One day and without waiting for it, while she was with her best friends Sayaka and Miyuri of the institute, She finds a peculiar mulberry animal that suddenly selects her to become a magical warrior and thus protect the world of the humans of the threat of the seeds of evil.

This way Chihaya meets Natsuki, an "agent" from a distant place called "Evergreen" sent to the Earth as soon as an unknown being robbed the seeds. Natsuki describes to Chihaya the power that has the seeds seeded on human desires and convinces her in helping him to purify the infected humans and to return the seeds to his place of origin.

Thus, Chihaya is transformed into the magical warrior Carmein, a girl much more physically developed that the same Chihaya. Complications arise while Carmein faces monsters, the presence of Cerulean Blue, another magical warrior with a little obnoxious attitude and the mysterious transfer student, Kojima Emi.

Magical Canan is a very peculiar anime series of the type Maho Shojo (magical girls). I was surprised the resemble of Chihaya-chan with Sakura from Card Captors (almost same age, height, hair style, etc) and I like the character seiyu (voice).

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Amazing Nurse Nanako

Nanako Shichigusa is the untiring and surprising assistant of the Ogami hospital in charge of the cooking, cleaning and helping as a nurse in the Dr. Ogami Kyoji experiments - a recognized scientist and bioengineer.

With only 16 years, a spectacular force (and personality also), Nanako is in charge of all her duties while she handles with two martial arts masters, an old witch and other personnel of the hospital and everything without neglecting its training or duties with Dr Ogami.

It looks very odd, but Nanako is always the target in a series of surprise attacks whatever inside or outside the hospital (that is in the inner fields of a military base) and usually she is forced to make actions that do not pretend to have much logic itself but with a great effect.

In advances of the series, we see as Nanako is the third clone of a series of clones of the Original Nanako who died of a strange disease and each clone at the age of 20 years dies of the same disease. The Dr Ogami has promised to find the cure of “Nanako illness” to the second clone (before she died) when he was very young.

Amazing Nurse Nanako is a OVA or rather a quite original miniseries of 6 episodes (Save Our Nurse Project). I like very much the design. the personality and the clothes of Nanako (in special the fanservice). A loose point at the beginning was the Japanese voice of Nanako although that heightens the character in the end i think that was a good election.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Rozen Maiden

Sakurada Jun was a student who pleases to make compulsive and excesive purchases by Internet of strange and sometimes damn and cursed objects. He does not attend the school and stays all the day locked up in his bedroom. His sister Nori, always tries to help him in everything she can but she is a little worry about Jun.

One day, Jun received a package that he didnt requested and for his surprise in its interior were a sophisticated old fashioned doll that it seemed so real as if she was alive. After a while the doll presents herself as “Shinku” and tells to Jun that if he does not wish to die must promise her obedience and become her servant and Medium to protect her Rosa Mystica.

After this incident, Jun realizes that Shinku is only the 5th of the Rozen Maidens, dolls destined to the “Alice Game”, a game where the loser is transformed into an ordinary doll. As time pass by will be appearing more dolls in Jun's bedroom like Hinaichigo, a doll with an infantile temperament, Suiseiseki, the timid and afraid gardener, Souseiseki, brother of Suiseiseki and Suigintou, the main enemy of Shinku who wishes a lot to win the Alice Game.

Rozen Maiden is an excellent anime series that I liked a lot. The design of all the Rozen Maiden are fabulous. Every dolls has a special style and personality which i liked it. For example, Shinku seems a perfect red rose of grace. The voices of each character fit perfectly.